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Gewählte Publikation:

Moschik, C.
Influence of orofacialmyology therapy on upper intercanine distance
[ Diplomarbeit ] Medical University of Graz; 2014. pp. 49 [OPEN ACCESS]


Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz:
Pichelmayer Margit

Abstract Objective: To investigate the correlation between myofunctional exercises, including repositioning the tongue onto the palate and changes in intercanine distance of the upper jaw in non-growing patients. Subjects: 141 women and men above age 18, with no simultaneous orthodontic therapy. Material and Methods: This is a retrospective study and was a remittance work of the Coulson Institute of Orofacial Myology. All subjects have participated myofunctional therapy session for at least 8 month. The training consisted of various muscle exercises for the lips, cheeks, tongue and posture. Additionally the patients put a small dissolvable gelatine pad onto the palate three times a day to assist swallowing function. Throughout therapy the length of the philtrum, intercanine distance and overjet were measured. Results: After 8 sessions the average intercanine distance did increase by 3.2mm, the philtrum elongated by 5.4mm and the overjet decreased by 1.2mm. Conclusion: The results indicate that tooth position can be changed by muscle therapy, even in non-growing subjects. This implies that muscle training can be a highly supportive therapy for orthodontic treatment.

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